You can never have too much stats, right? Today I came across a new load testing site that might provide you with some interesting data points. LoadImpact.com simulates multiple users accessing a website and presents a simple report on how long the server took to respond. Here’s an example report :
You can run the basic test without registering, or you can sign up for a free account and get a few (very few) additional features. There are also commercial “account levels” available but they’re way too expensive for ordinary mortals/hobbyist bloggers. However, if you have a company that actually needs load testing for their servers, Load Impact might be an interesting option.
Personally, I’m just using the free version to feed my desire to procrastinate in semi-meaningful ways 😉
On a related note, Pingdom Tools is also good. It’s an entirely free service that measures how long it takes to load all the components of a given webpage (e.g. images, scripts and CSS). This can be very useful when you’re trying to optimize your site/theme to load faster.Related posts :